Kallis signs two-year deal with Sydney Thunder

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Australia's Big Bash League have gained another big name as veteran South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis signed for the Sydney Thunder for not one but two seasons, his first stint in the tournament.

Australia's Big Bash League have gained another big name as veteran South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis signed for the Sydney Thunder for not one but two seasons, his first stint in the tournament.

Kallis, who has retired from Test cricket but not from one-dayers, must be hoping to use this end of year event to boost his World Cup selection chances in February. He played for IPL-winning side the Kolkata Knight Riders this season.

Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins said on the BBL website: "Signing a player of Jacques' quality and experience is phenomenal news for Thunder fans.

"He is one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game and apart from his experience and leadership, he is still a brilliant allrounder who will give the side a quality top-order batsman and versatile bowling option.

"Just having a player of his stature around the group will be great for our young players and he will bring big match temperament and a winning attitude to our squad."

While Kallis did not score as many runs as he would have liked in the IPL, and in T20s in general, it must be said, the KKR bosses cited his influence on the team, and his value to the young players learning from him.

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